Fuchsia Swing Song

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Fuchsia Swing Song
Fuchsia Swing Song.jpg
Studio album by Sam Rivers
Released Early April 1965[1]
Recorded December 11, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 39:00 original LP
69:24 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84184
Producer Alfred Lion
Sam Rivers chronology
Fuchsia Swing Song
(1964)
Contours
(1965)Contours1965
Alternative cover
1995 Japanese CD (TOCJ-4184)
1995 Japanese CD (TOCJ-4184)

Fuchsia Swing Song is the debut album by American saxophonist Sam Rivers recorded in 1964 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] The album was reissued on CD in 1995, and again in 2003 as part of the "Connoisseur Series" (limited edition series) including four alternate takes as bonus tracks.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "By the time of his debut, Rivers had been deep under the influence of Coltrane and [Ornette] Coleman, but wasn't willing to give up the blues just yet. Hence the sound on Fuchsia Swing Song is one of an artist who is at once very self-assured, and in transition... This is a highly recommended date. Rivers never played quite like this again".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam Rivers
  1. "Fuchsia Swing Song" – 6:03
  2. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" – 5:33
  3. "Cyclic Episode" – 6:57
  4. "Luminous Monolith" – 6:31
  5. "Beatrice" – 6:13
  6. "Ellipsis" – 7:43

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Luminous Monolith" [Alternate Take] – 6:39
  2. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [First Alternate Take] – 8:09
  3. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [Second Alternate Take] – 7:47
  4. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [Third Alternate Take] – 7:49

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Apr 3, 1965
  2. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 22, 2010
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 22, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 168. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.